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April 16, 2007

NY Times Editorial on Virginia Tech Shootings: More Stringent Gun Control

Like you had to guess what the Times' stance would be:

Yesterdays mass shooting at Virginia Tech the worst in American history is another horrifying reminder that some of the gravest dangers Americans face come from killers at home armed with guns that are frighteningly easy to obtain...

...Our hearts and the hearts of all Americans go out to the victims and their families. Sympathy was not enough at the time of Columbine, and eight years later it is not enough. What is needed, urgently, is stronger controls over the lethal weapons that cause such wasteful carnage and such unbearable loss.

Interesting that we haven't seen much MSM coverage of the Virginia General Assembly bill that was killed in January that would have allowed licensed gun owners to have their guns on campus. And don't expect to.

Criminals don't follow laws. That's why they're criminals. More stringent gun laws would affect law-abiding citizens, not those who ignore the law. Duh. According to this WaPo article, the guns the shooter was carrying had their serial numbers filed off. Obviously they were not obtained from a licensed gun dealer in a legal manner.

Michelle Malkin warns us to expect more of this. Get ready to have to defend the Second Amendment from the usual offenders.

UPDATE: AJ Strata has his doubts about the "lovers quarrel" aspect of the shooting: (h/t Kitty)

What really worries me is if this was a test for other attacks. If the man was testing College responses then the key would be to make this look like anything BUT a terrorist attack. I am not making the claim here this was terrorist related, but the man did not seem to be looking for his girlfriends lover, he seemed to be out trying to kill anyone he ran across. A perfect diversion for a test run would be a lovers quarrel. And ending it in a suicide negates the ability to get to the bottom of his motives. Of course violent jealousy is not uncommon, and more so in male dominated societies like those in Asia and the ME. In those places killing women is like throwing away property. But something is not right here. For someone who was in the emotional throws of jealousy, the attack shows signs of careful planning and cold execution. The two characteristics do not mix. Careful planning and cool execution implies a lot of self control and discipline, things which are in complete opposition to an out of control act of rage.

Remember, there were two bomb threats the previous week...

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Posted by Pam Meister at 11:59 PM | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0) | Crime

The guns were, actually, sold from a licensed gun dealer in a legal manner. And while I don't think that more stringent gun control would have stopped this event, I am equally skeptical that (as I have heard suggested many times since yesterday) if it hadn't been a gun-free zone then someone would have been able to shoot him before the police got there. Guns at school is just not a good idea...

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